Using a new translation by James Trapp and including editorial notes, this edition of The Art of War lays the original Chinese text opposite the modern English translation. The book contains the full original 13 chapters on such topics as laying plans, attacking by stratagem, weaponry, terrain and the use of spies. Sun Tzu addresses different campaign situations, marching, energy and how to exploit your enemy’s weaknesses.
Of immense influence to great leaders across millennia, The Art of War is a classic text richly deserving this fresh modern translation.
Using humor as a tool, Kirk makes readers think about the relationship between education and business—or learning and "real life." She combines the features of a dictionary, with its alphabetically arranged entries, and an interconnected series of essays. Adept at getting her message across, she uses illustrations to provide mental resting places that invite readers to pause and reflect. At the end of each section, she provides interlocking and recurring questions to emphasize links and advance lines of thought.
More intent on asking than answering questions, Kirk assumes there is no one way to learn. She provides abstract and concrete as well as detached and personal approaches to such issues as diversity, competitiveness and cooperation, performance appraisal and measurement, fragmentation and integration, and the relationship of learning, working, and living. She encourages readers to self-design their own learning. Her advice to readers, in fact, exemplifies her approach: "Margins are meant to be written in. This is a book to talk back to, to correct, and to supplement. It doesn’t claim that there is one right answer on everything, and it certainly shares Emerson’s distrust of consistency for its own sake."
Kirk further reveals her approach and style when discussing the term What Have You Done for Me Lately?: "This is another business expression that recognizes the pervasiveness of ingratitude and shortness of memory. Teachers don’t have a comparable expression. Perhaps the concepts of ingratitude and short memory are too familiar as sources of occupational depression."Kirk points out that business and education have much to learn from one another; their essential differences, too, are necessary because our national equilibrium depends on both to meet the needs of head and heart.
- Practise and check your understanding on a range of Exam Practice questions
- Be aware of the essential points with key terms and facts for each topic
- Discover what you need to achieve certain grades with advice and tips, including common mistakes to avoid.
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- Offers an international perspective through a wide range of up-to-date case studies
- Reinforces understanding through a variety of activities and discussion points
- Provides examination preparation with revisions questions and summaries throughout
- Written in accessible language, but with plenty of detail for top-grade students
Managing at the Leading Edge highlights lessons from the navigation and piloting practices used in high performing sailing. In the contemporary “white water” business environment, as at sea, achieving goals requires choosing a destination amidst uncertainty, adjusting to continually shifting conditions, converting the push and pull of environmental forces into momentum and using different skills at different times to negotiate hazards and achieve success.
Easy-to-grasp and recall, this book proposes a framework of leadership with a dual focus on navigating and piloting. This framework is supported by new evidence-based insights about personal and organizational high performance. Systematic comparisons of high performing leaders and organizations with leaders and organizations that have not yet achieved this distinction illustrate how the principles of navigation and piloting apply. This research featured surveys of over 1,000 senior and mid-level leaders, the results of over a 100 interviews and the author’s extensive consultation experience with a host of leaders and organizations.
Through case studies, discussion of relevant research, practical tools and templates, Managing at the Leading Edge will help you learn:
• The critical tasks of leader navigating and piloting that lead to successful business change
• Leadership skills through which the critical tasks of navigating and piloting are successfully executed including accountability, influence, problem solving agility and engagement
• Strategies and tactics for managing points along a strategic initiative’s leading edge through with resistance to change is converted into momentum and progress
• The critical hand-offs between the navigating and piloting functions and these functions drive change at the leading edge as synchronized system of high performance leadership
• Leadership practices that create organizational high performance
Armed with leadership capabilities of high performance navigating and piloting you will be able to recognize and act on opportunities for enhanced leadership impact and achieve results that matter for you, your peers and your organization.